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William Bowyer

William Bowyer, one of 192 convicts transported on the Royal Admiral, 01 July 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Bowyer
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 1872
Age: 71 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal Admiral
Departure date: 1st July, 1830
Arrival date: 8th November, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 192 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 427 (216)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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D Wong on 23rd June, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: grand larceny.
16th February 1826
Verdict Guilty; Guilty
Sentence Transportation

THOMAS CURTIS and WILLIAM BOWYER were indicted for stealing, 1 carboy and basket, value 7s., and 8 gallons of spirits of turpentine, value 45s., the goods of Thomas Flockton.

JOSEPH DUNFORD. I am carman to Mr. Thomas Flockton, who lives in Freeman’s-lane, Horselydown. On the 21st of January I received a carboy and basket, to carry to St. Martin’s-lane, in a caravan - I stopped with it in Chandos-street , about half-past three o’clock, to go into a public-house - and when I came out, the carboy was gone.
JOHN FORRESTER. I am a City-officer. I was in Fleet-market on the 21st of January, about twenty minutes past two o’clock - I saw the two prisoners and another man, following a cart down Bridge-street, and then they turned down Thames-street, and met Mr. Flockton’s van, which they followed; I saw Curtis take the pin out of the back of the van, as they were going along, and in Chandos-street they took down the tail-board; Bowyer took out the basket, and Curtis put on a knot, and took it on his head- I followed him, and took it from him in a narrow passage at the end of the street - in the scuffle it fell down and broke all to pieces.

WILLIAM WORCESTER. I was with Forrester - what he has stated is correct - the prisoners were taken in a narrow passage leading from St. Martin’s-lane to Bedfordbury.

CURTIS’S Defence. I was a quarter of a mile from the place at the time.

BOWYER’S Defence. I was hired to take it by a man, who told me he would give me 1s. for it.

CURTIS - GUILTY . Aged 18.
BOWYER - GUILTY . Aged 18.
Transported for Seven Years.

Thomas Curtis arrived VDL per ‘Governor Ready’ 1827.

William Bowyer was tried in 1826 and was 18 years old, did not arrive until 1830 when he was 24.

William was illiterate, protestant, single, 5’0½” tall, ruddy freckled complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, tattoos on arms.

Native Place: London

Occupation: Blacksmith/labourer

Assigned to Edward Kelly, Lower North Head.

18/2/1833: COF

Convict Changes History

Susan Hampton on 23rd June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1872 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 23rd June, 2019 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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